The Creed of a Layman: Apologia Pro Fide Mea

The Creed of a Layman: Apologia Pro Fide Mea

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The Creed of a Layman: Apologia Pro Fide Mea

The Creed of a Layman: Apologia Pro Fide Mea

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1907

"I never parted with any belief till I had found its complement; nor did I ever look back with antipathy or contempt on the beliefs which I had long outgrown.... I have at no time of my life lost faith in a supreme Providence, in an immortal soul, and in spiritual life; but I came to find these much nearer to me on earth than I had imagined, much more real, more vivid, and more practical. Superhuman hopes and ecstasies have slowly taken form in my mind as practical duties and indomitable convictions of a good that is to be."

THESE words were written in 1890 and published in New York in a short paper that I had been requested to send to explain to Americans the growth of my opinions, and I reprinted them in my recent collections of Memories and Thoughts , 1906.

I have been continually pressed, in public and in private, to explain the meaning of these words; to give a more detailed account of this gradual unfolding of thought, to show how superhuman hopes can . . .

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